A Taste of Winter

March 1, 2010

Break in the clouds reveals snow-covered peak near Snoqualmie Pass

View from the Cold Creek Trail, Snoqualmie Nordic Center

I took an opportunity to play in the snow this weekend, so I finally got a taste of winter.  Saturday was Team Survivor Northwest’s annual Snowshoe Event at Snoqualmie Pass.  There is still snow in the mountains just one hour from Seattle.  I am afraid of driving in the mountains in winter — don’t want to cope with icy roads and tire chains.  As a result, I am missing out on so much of this region’s natural playground.  TSNW provided a bus for this outing, and I am so glad I rearranged my work schedule so that I could participate.

We snowshoed along the groomed Cold Creek trail surrounded by an evergreen forest.  The sun and clouds played peek-a-boo amongst the surrounding peaks.  I got a real workout, snowshoeing about one hour up the trail, with a short lunch break, and then a one hour return.  I loved being outside in such a magnificent setting!

TSNW snowshoer along the Cold Creek trail

Trail blazer leads the group through the towering evergreen forest

Trail blazer leads the group through the towering evergreen forest

We shared the trail with cross country skiers

Cross country skiers pause to chat on the trail